Our Guide to the Top 41 Side Hustles and How to Get Started

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Tony Robbins once said, “It’s not about having resources, it’s about being resourceful.”

2020’s rug-pull for mankind meant that people had to find new and innovative ways to keep food on the table.

If you’re fortunate enough to still be earning from your day job, picking up a side hustle is still a fantastic idea and absolutely worth it.

In this guide, we’ll show you 41 different ways to earn money away from the office desk.

We’ll also reveal an all-in-one solution that'll take all the hassle out of hustling.

Ready? Let’s begin!

1. How to earn money working online

Our first section will focus on online side hustles to help you make a few extra bucks in your spare time.

With enough input and dedication, who knows? You might just start your own business!

1.1. Trading crypto

Some of the many cryptocurrencies out there

Some of the many cryptocurrencies out there

There’s no doubt you must have heard of cryptocurrencies by this point.

Bitcoin is the first and most popular cryptocurrency that has helped birth more than 5,000 alternative coins (“Altcoins”).

With Bitcoin’s value continuously fluctuating, and Elon Musk’s influence on the Dogecoin market, it’s no surprise that there’s always money to be made.

Some users generate a passive income through crypto mining, although this is very expensive.

The majority of users are more hands-on, investing in and trading cryptocurrency on the stock markets.

If you have some spare change lying around, this could be a great side hustle to pursue.

With great reward comes great risk — so if you do decide to give this a try, you’ll need to educate yourself and be patient.

You can also study plenty of news and trading channels on YouTube to help you get your foot in the door of crypto.

1.2. Sell items online

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There are plenty of ways to sell any type of item you might own.

Some of your old items can be sold on Amazon or eBay provided they’re still in good condition.

Amazon makes it easy to do this — you can send your products to them, where they’re stored and shipped when sold.

Alternatively, if you want to put in the effort, be like Gary Vee and hunt down garage and yard sales or thrift stores in your area.

It might sound strange, but garage sale flipping is a real thing, and you can make some good money if you play your cards right.

1.2.1. Become an affiliate marketer

Affiliate marketing is one of the most profitable online side hustles out there.

By promoting a company or individual’s products, you can earn a commission when someone purchases a product through your marketing methods.

Plenty of online platforms have affiliate marketing networks that help you sell their products.

Some of these networks include:

If you’d like an in-depth look into some good affiliate programs, click here.

You’ll see examples of how you can turn basic cash into some serious money.

1.2.2. Dropshipping

When it comes to easy sales without the hassle of transport or manufacturing, dropshipping is the niche to jump into.

Be aware though, because of the low-barrier entry into this market, it’s a highly competitive side hustle to get into.

Dropshippers can expect to make anything between $1,000 to $5,000/month depending on how you choose to market (you could sell 100 items at $10 each or 10 items at $100).

Besides Amazon or eBay, here are some other dropshipping companies you could apply for:

Additionally, you could also look at some of these dropshipping platforms:

1.3. Start freelancing

Becoming a freelancer means you’re going to enter a very competitive and highly saturated market.

However, this doesn’t mean that it’s a bad idea.

Businesses are always looking for new freelancers, and they’ll pay reasonable rates for their work.

If you have a skill that you’re great at, you can sell your services.

However, you need to deliver top-quality work to your clients and maintain a professional relationship with them.

Here are a few fields you can step into as a freelancer:

  • Writing
  • Web development
  • Photography
  • Accountancy
  • Voice-over acting
  • App development
  • Data entry

We’ll dive into some of these niches further in this post.

For now, just be aware that there are a lot of extra income options available for you to test out.

A few handy freelance platforms to look at are:

1.4. Write and sell eBooks

With a compound annual growth rate estimated to increase by 3.26% over the next 5 years, there’s no stopping this digital market.

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If you love to write and always think, “That would be a good idea for a book,” then writing an eBook could be perfect for you!

Platforms like Amazon’s KDP and CreateSpace make it easy for you to create a digital and hardcover book.

Some other great eBook creators include:

Once your book is written, you’ll need to do the promoting yourself — this includes advertising, content marketing, blogging, social media, etc.

But don't worry, our solution has you covered (read until the end)!

1.5. Teach English online

If you’re a total English language know-it-all and you can explain things pretty well then you’re a perfect fit to become an online English teacher!

With the pandemic causing everything to move online, there has never been a higher demand for online teachers.

Although it’s not a necessity, this market prefers native English speakers. If you are one, then you’ll have a great advantage.

You can find online teaching jobs on many platforms such as Premier TEFL, Cambly, i-to-i, and VIPKID (to name a few).

Some platforms might require you to have a TEFL or TESL degree.

The longer your degree is (120+ hours) the greater your chances of landing a good job.

If you’d like to go even further, you can study to become an IELTS or TOEIC teacher.

IELTS is for those who want to study abroad or emigrate to an English-speaking country, whereas TOEIC is for improving your work and business English.

With so many teaching platforms, you’ll need to research to find the one that would be the best fit for you.

1.6. Launch a blog

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People love telling stories, and even more love reading them.

If you have something you love that you’d like to share, or if you just feel like communicating with others, blogging could be perfect for you.

What can start as a hobby you do in your spare time can quickly turn into a side hustle that makes you good money.

Some of the top money-making blogs include:

  • Fashion
  • Travel
  • Health and Fitness
  • Mom blogs
  • Food
  • Lifestyle
  • DIY
  • Pet blogs

Blogging requires dedication if you want to make it big. You’ll need to learn how to market your blog, where, and you’ll need to create your own schedule for posting based on your audience.

Many bloggers make between $200-$2,500/month in their first year of blogging.

If you want to start making money, affiliate marketing could be an amazing idea to start within the blog niche.

If you’re ready to become a blogger, read our in-depth guide on how to get started and create a profitable blog.

1.7. Become a virtual assistant

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If you’re an admin guru with computer skills and a friendly voice, consider becoming a virtual assistant.

Virtual assistants can make anything between $10-$100 an hour based on what they do, where they live, and the experience they have.

Below are a few basic tasks you might be doing as a virtual assistant:

  • Market research
  • Making phone calls
  • Booking appointments and travel tickets
  • Responding to emails and other communications
  • Organizing calendars
  • Creating presentations
  • Keeping a record of online information

Some assistants might also specialize in graphic design, bookkeeping, or social media management.

If you’d like to become a virtual assistant, check out this post from TimeDoctor.

1.8. Sell online courses

The eLearning market is projected to reach $147.79 billion between 2021-2025.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Creating a lucrative business selling courses online is an absolute no-brainer.

If you’re a total expert (or you just know more than the next guy), share your knowledge with the world, and get paid for it!

Because people are always curious to figure out how to do something or learn a new skill, there will always be an audience out there to market to.

A few platforms that can help you are:

When you’re ready to learn how to create an online course, click here — we’ll help you get there!

1.9. Freelance coding, graphic, or web design

If you have the right skills but don’t know where to start, don’t worry — freelance work for graphic and web designers (including coders) comes in the hundreds!

Salaries in these markets can range from $27/hour (graphic) to $60/hour (web design) depending on which road you choose to venture down.

If you’re artistic, you could sell your designs online (more on this later), or you could start a small business building and maintaining company websites.

Whatever you choose, here are some great platforms to look at:

1.10. Facebook Ads

Facebook Ads’ landing page

Facebook Ads’ landing page

As one of the major Pay-Per-Click (PPC) platforms on the market, turning to Facebook to generate passive income is an opportunity not to be missed.

After all, with nearly 3 billion active users at the close of 2021, there’s definitely no shortage of users for you to market to.

Give it a shot!

1.11. Social media management

You should be careful about this one — you might enjoy it so much that it becomes a full-time job!

If you’re the type of person who’s obsessed with social media, being a social media manager will come naturally to you.

A social media manager is in charge of running a company or individual’s social media account.

Depending on who you sign up with, salaries can range from $11.5-$27/hour — not bad for someone who might have just a few hours a day to work on a side hustle.

To get started, reach out to any brands you know that you can use to market in your area or start marketing yourself on social media.

If you get stuck, these platforms might help:

1.12. Become a proofreader

No matter how good you are as a writer, whether you’re tackling a book, a marketing copy, or just some freelance writing as a hobby, mistakes can and will always slip through.

Luckily for every online business on the planet, there are keen-eyed individuals that absolutely love spell-checking.

There are quite a few platforms out there that can help you make some extra cash for proofreading.

Some of these include:

Oftentimes, companies require proofreaders to have some experience, so if you’re new, consider doing a few free jobs (Fiverr works well for this) to build up your portfolio.

1.13. Transcribe or caption videos

Rev logo

Rev logo

As the second biggest site on the internet, YouTube has a massive market for transcriptionists and captioners to get into.

Companies like Rev and 3Play Media are perfect if you have a few hours to kill.

Because transcriptionists are paid by the minute, they can’t necessarily always work at their own pace on their own time.

Luckily, as your ears become better at tuning in to the audio, you’ll naturally start to work faster.

If you’d like to focus more on the film industry, captioning might be more for you.

We all know how important subtitles can be when there’s a vacuum on in the house, just make sure your spelling is up to par!

1.14. Virtual bookkeeping

The job of a virtual bookkeeper is to organize and track the income and expenses of a business so that the business owner can focus on running the business.

Fortunately for you, you don’t need to be a professional accountant to become a bookkeeper.

What you’ll need is:

  • A computer
  • Reliable internet connection
  • A high school diploma
  • Math skills
  • Computer skills

Salaries can range between $10-$25/hour depending on where you work.

If you’re a master of numbers or feel like this is something new to try out, look toward some of these companies:

1.15. Plan parties or events

This is one of those side hustles that may seem small but can grow to be absolutely massive.

If you‘re one of those highly organized people who get a kick out of the adrenaline rush that comes with deadlines and planning events, then read on.

Depending on what branch (social or corporate) you dive into and the experience you have, you can expect to make anything between $12-$150/hour.

If you don’t have any experience, start by volunteering to plan and organize events such as birthday parties, house-warming parties, or bridal showers. This is an easy way to build your reputation and portfolio.

For some inspiration on how to get started, give this article a read.

With a can-do attitude and hard work, you might just become the next Jennifer Bassett.

1.16. Freelance photography

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This is definitely a side hustle that can branch out into many different genres.

If you’re passionate about photography, you could make a living shooting weddings, maternity sessions, stock photos, or normal profile portraits (works great for corporate profiles or modeling agencies).

There’s even a market for travel photographers to help tourists get the perfect Instagram photo.

If someone is traveling for vacation, and you live nearby, they can hire you for a few hours to be their personal travel photographer.

Be aware that, in photography, it will take time, sometimes years, to see a decent income — but once you’re in, you can only grow.

To get started, you’ll need to build up your portfolio first.

This could be as simple as taking your friends out to some beautiful locations for a weekend.

Once you feel it’s ready to go, you can start applying to freelance photography sites to sell your work.

Some of these sites include:

1.17. Personal chef or cooking teacher

If you love cooking, and more importantly, love cooking for other people, then you’re at the right place.

A personal chef has one of two routes they can take. Either you go to someone’s house and cook for them, or you can do meal-prep deliveries.

A smart choice is to cook for those that have some form of dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Not only are these ingredients normally more expensive (which means you can charge more), but it’s also more challenging to cook, which means you can stand out above the rest in this industry.

Pricing for personal chefs varies depending on what you can offer.

Normally, you could charge $30-$40/hour, but this can increase based on the ingredients you use or if you offer something extra such as wine pairings.

There are quite a few websites out there to offer your services, such as:

For any tips and tricks on getting started, visit the United States Personal Chef Association’s website here.

But what if I’m an introvert who loves cooking?

Then consider teaching others what you know.

The Australian YouTuber, Nat’s What I Reckon, found his love for crass cooking when he started making cooking videos on his channel during 2020’s lockdown.

His popularity exploded and, with 383,000 subscribers (at time of writing), he’s also brought out a book of his own, Un-cook Yourself: A Ratbag's Rules for Life.

You can be very successful with this. All you need to do is take the leap!

2. Quick and unique ways to make some money on the side

Sometimes we don’t have the spare time to build up a side hustle business, and we might need some extra cash immediately.

This next section is here just for that.

Read on to find out which side hustle ideas could make you more money fast, but be warned — they might seem a little strange!

2.1. Donate blood plasma

A little strange indeed!

Blood plasma is a part of your blood that carries water, salts, and enzymes. It also carries important components that include:

The main role of plasma is to take nutrients, hormones, and proteins to the parts of the body that need it.

Unlike donating blood, you’re actually paid for plasma donations, because it’s used by big pharmaceutical companies.

Payment ranges from between $20-$50 per session depending on where you donate.

The donation process usually takes around 90 minutes but will be longer for first-timers, because you’ll be screened and questioned on your medical history.

Since the human body replenishes plasma within 48 hours, the FDA allows people to donate plasma up to twice a week (the US legal limit is 104 sessions a year).

The American Red Cross suggests that you only donate plasma every 28 days (up to 13 times per year) because they feel this is the best practice for safety.

Ultimately — the choice remains yours.

Remember to ask your doctor to list the side effects when you’re going for your first donation (if it isn’t mentioned).

If you’d like to make some extra money in your spare time, visit:

2.2. Take online surveys

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Online surveys might not necessarily make you rich, but they’re a great way to pass the time when you’re stuck at the doctor’s waiting room or a bank.

Not only could they help kill your boredom, but you’ll also be paid for your time.

Payment is usually between $1-$5, and sometimes you might come across companies that don’t pay at all and instead offer you free products.

At the end of the day — you still win!

There are plenty of legitimate survey platforms out there, such as:

Even if it’s not much, making a few extra bucks is still worth sharing your opinion over.

Go for it!

2.3. Test websites

Have you ever visited a website where you thought to yourself “If I was the owner, I’d definitely fix this or that”?

Well, now’s your chance!

User experience plays an important role in determining how well websites can convert customers.

If you see areas where it can be improved, like how user-friendly a website is, how it looks visually, how the menus operate, etc., your opinion could be in high demand!

To jump right in, visit:

You could make between $9-$50 for 15 minutes of testing — depending on where you sign up.

Take note that some sites will require you to have a webcam and microphone.

2.4. Advertise with your car

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If you love driving and making money, then this is the perfect side hustle for you.

All you need to do is get your car wrapped when you get a gig and drive a certain distance (30-50 miles depending on the company).

Some companies, like Wrapify, don’t have a set limit and only pay on the miles you’ve driven until the campaign ends.

Once the campaign ends, the company you’ve signed up for will remove the advertising again.

Be aware that your car might get damaged when removing the campaign stickers.

Pricing varies per company, but you can expect to coin between $200-$1,500/month.

If this sounds right up your driving alley, check out:

2.5. Become a personal shopper

Simply put, a personal shopper is someone who gets hired to buy various items for people.

Shoppers normally help the elderly get their prescription meds or groceries but can also be used to help buy items for people who are too busy to do it themselves.

If you’re a fashionista, you could also use your love for clothing to specialize in helping clients find a style that best suits their features.

Some companies that could help you get started, include:

3. Earn extra cash from your home or neighborhood

Our third section focuses on hustle jobs that can be done from the comfort of your home or neighborhood.

Some of these jobs might include creating your own website or purchasing a few items to help you get started.

There’s no need to worry, though, we have a great solution at the end of this article that’ll get you off to a running start.

Just keep reading!

3.1. Pet grooming, walking, and sitting

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What makes this side hustle so great is that there are quite a few ways to incorporate it.

You could set up a mobile pet grooming service, walk dogs, or look after cats, reptiles, birds, etc.

If you enjoy traveling, you should make use of sites like Trusted House Sitters where you could be house-sitting for people (sometimes in exotic, foreign countries), in exchange for taking care of their pets.

Pet sitting companies like Wag pay an average of $12 (excluding tips) to walk dogs for 30 minutes, and this can fluctuate depending on any additional services you offer.

If you feel this is the perfect part-time job for you, then look at some of these options:

3.2. Rent out on Airbnb

This one is pretty obvious.

If you’re a homeowner with an extra room or 2 that you don’t know what to do with, then this could be a great idea to bring in a steady stream of income.

Airbnb helps you with everything, from creating your listing to prepping your space, so that there’s nothing to worry about.

To make your listing more attractive, you could include free house cleaning services or offer to be a tour guide for your town or city to add more value to your customers’ experience.

If you keep them happy, they’re more likely to leave a great review or return for another visit.

Some other platforms you could test out to rent a room out include:

3.3. Babysitting

Although babysitting might not be as unique as some of the other options on this list, it’s still a good hustle idea if you’ve got nothing to do and want to make some extra money.

The average rate for a babysitter in the US is between $17-$20/hour depending on the number of children, which is fairly decent.

The easiest route to take is to ask any of your friends with children if you could babysit for them or to put up fliers to market your services.

With 61% of parents who reported on Care.com that their usual child care providers were closed due to the pandemic, there’s quite a high demand for sitters.

If you’d like a more serious approach, then look at some of these links:

For more options, click here.

3.4. Sell arts and crafts

Etsy’s Art & Collectibles section

Etsy’s Art & Collectibles section

Art, in its many forms, has been around since 700,000 BC (as far as we know), and people haven’t stopped loving it since.

Perhaps you were one of those artistic minds who always doodled in class when you should’ve been doing homework or you’re a whizz with graphic design.

Whatever the case, if you can create anything (paintings, custom furniture, knitting, etc.), the world needs to see it!

Platforms like Patreon and Etsy are perfect to help you to start selling online or ship your products to customers.

If you’d like to grow your brand, then platforms like Amplifier, Merch by Amazon, and Teespring are perfect to sell your merch to loyal followers.

3.5. Sell your teaching plans

If you’re a grade school or high school teacher, then firstly, thank you for your service!

If you’re interested in helping your students better grasp your lessons and making some extra money on the side, then turn your attention to the site TeachersPayTeachers.com (TPT).

TPT allows you to sell your amazing lesson plans to other teachers around the country and to purchase new lessons, too.

It’s quite a popular platform, with roughly 7 billion resources having been downloaded in the past year, as well as being used by around 5 million teachers.

The site offers full curriculums from PreK to Grade 12 and further, worksheets, activities, math centers, and more.

Some similar sites to TPT include:

3.6. Sell digital designs printed on items

CafePress’ creation platform

CafePress’ creation platform

This section is similar to number 3.4. on this list, but it offers you a little more in terms of design.

If you’re a graphic designer who’s always wanted to get your art on physical items, but you don’t know where to begin, then CafePress is definitely for you.

CafePress gives you a bunch of items that you can customize and sell.

They also help with the marketing of your products.

They offer a lot of markets for you to dive into (each with its own sub-categories):

  • Clothing
  • Drinkware
  • Accessories
  • Home and décor
  • Stationery
  • Stickers and signs
  • Phone cases and accessories

Once you’ve signed up with CafePress, you can sell your items either through a free online store or by using their Design and List section, where you create and sell them on their marketplace.

If you sell through your store, you can profit on whichever markup you add to your items.

If you sell through CafePress, they’ll pocket the base price, and you’ll earn between 5-10% in royalties.

If you’d like to try out more than one platform, consider these options:

3.7. Become a personal tailor

This is a simple one.

If you’re good with a sewing machine, offer to tailor people’s clothes.

A good target market to start with is personal trainers at gyms.

People normally go there to lose weight, which means that buying new clothes could become pricey.

Offer personal trainers a finder’s fee for bringing their clients to you to have their clothes altered.

If you’re nice and personable, chances are you’ll get some return customers too.

How much money you could make from this side hustle entirely depends on your level of experience, attention to detail, and material costs.

Be reasonable with what you charge. Remember, you want your prices to be more attractive than the normal clothing market.

4. Side-hustle ideas outside of your comfort zone

Now things are getting interesting.

This section is all about going the extra mile doing something you might’ve thought you’d never do.

Oftentimes, this can be a great experience, and you can discover what hidden skills you might have lurking underneath.

Are you ready to climb out of your comfort zone and into success?

Yes, you are!

Let’s see what this final section of our best side hustle ideas has to offer, and don’t forget about our surprise at the end!

4.1. Flip cars

Make money flipping cars

Make money flipping cars

Car-flipping involves buying used cars at a relatively lower rate than the market and then selling them for a profit.

To start, you’ll need some money to be able to purchase a car. If the car looks like it needs some work, you’ll have to dish out a little more or fix it up yourself if you have the skills.

Don’t let this scare you off, though.

If you know someone who has an old car they want to sell, you can offer to get it fixed and sell it, in exchange for a cut of the profits.

Cars priced between $1,500-$4,000 can easily bring in $1,000-$2,000 profit, making this a worthwhile investment— follow the link above for more tips, too.

If you don’t already have a dealer’s license, research the laws surrounding car-flipping in your state to make sure you’re on the safe side.

Once you’re ready, look at some of these websites to get started:

4.2. Repair and resell appliances

This side hustle is going to require you to hunt down opportunities.

Two factors work in your favor when it comes to selling old appliances:

1. New appliances can be pretty pricey, so people are more willing to purchase older, more reliable, and cheaper models

2. Some people get sick of their old appliances and decide to buy new ones (even if there’s nothing wrong with the old appliance)

If you’re lucky, you can stumble across old appliances in perfect working condition that just need a bit of TLC before they can go back on the market.

When you go to pick up these appliances, look around for any other older products the owner might be willing to part with (if it’s free, it’s money in your pocket).

Once the appliance is ready for the market, you can include a delivery service to make some extra money.

When you do the drop-off, be sure to arrange for money upfront, and feel free to ask the new owner if they have any old items they want to part with.

Rinse and repeat.

There’s no reason why this side hustle can’t give you a steady stream of income.

It all depends on how much effort you’re willing to put in.

There are quite a few websites for you to start from:

4.3. Assemble furniture

There’s something therapeutic about putting IKEA furniture together from scratch.

If you agree, then this is definitely for you.

If you don’t agree, then this section has the perfect platforms for you to hire someone to do it for you.

Prices for assembly services vary depending on company and product and could range between $35-$450/hour/piece.

Companies to look into for this service include:

4.4. Recharge electric scooters

Charging scooters with Lime

Charging scooters with Lime

The idea behind this side hustle is pretty simple — you get hired to pick up electric scooters, charge them overnight at your house, and drop them off the following morning.

A study done in 2018 by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) determined that 38.5 million trips have been done on shared e-scooters for that year.

With a market size estimated to reach $34.7 billion by 2028, this is no dying industry.

Companies such as Bird and Lime are where you want to apply if this is the side hustle for you.

Both will pay you between $5-$20 per scooter charge depending on location, and each scooter charge can take 4-6 hours from empty to full.

If you have a truck or van and can grab 10 each night, that’s an extra $50-$100+ per day that you could make!

4.5. Become an Uber or Lyft driver

Everybody needs to get somewhere, but not everyone has a vehicle to get there.

Being an Uber or Lyft driver is a great way to make some extra cash in your free time, but this will require some discipline from your side.

Average hourly rates are mostly determined by location, but you can expect to make roughly $17/hour with Lyft or $18/hour with Uber.

Whether you’re renting a vehicle or using your own car, do some calculations before you sign up to determine how much you need to make to cover all your expenses.

These would include gas, tires, wear and tear, and mileage.

Similar platforms include:

4.6. Interior decorating

An example of interior decorating

An example of interior decorating

If a house was a person, an interior decorator would be the personal stylist.

Interior decorators are hired to create an atmosphere in the house using paint, fabric, furniture, and accessories that create a visual aesthetic in line with their client’s style.

If you have an eye for style and you’re good at understanding people, then this side hustle is a great idea to get into.

Although it’s not mandatory, you can choose to study for a degree in interior decorating to help hone your skills.

Rates vary depending on location, but you can expect to make an average of $20/hour.

Some sites that could help you draw inspiration include:

4.7. Complete tasks on TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit logo

TaskRabbit logo

TaskRabbit is a platform that requires you to help members by doing various tasks.

There’s quite a list of tasks that you can apply for, including TV mounting, lawn care, helping clients move, delivery and painting, to name a few.

If you’re a lover of manual labor in all its forms, then this is definitely the platform for you.

Although you determine your own rates, as a Tasker, you can expect anything from $17-$80/hour (the average rate is around $35/hour).

Payments are only made once the task is complete, and TaskRabbit takes a 15% commission fee of the total cost of the job.

Don’t just stop at TaskRabbit though, check out these links for more options:

4.8. Taste-testing

Becoming a taste tester is not as simple as it might sound, but this side hustle is definitely worth it if you’re a foodie.

In short, a food taster is someone who tastes prepared food for safety and to identify certain characteristics that surface in the food.

As a taster, you’d take a small bite out of certain foods and focus on its key components — this includes the consistency, smell, and appearance of the food.

After the tasting, you’d spit the food out and cleanse your palate using water.

There are two main types of food tasters:

1. Professional food testers — They’re trained by food companies as food scientists, food technicians, and product developers

2. Average consumers — They’re hired part-time to provide feedback on the taste of food products

Indeed.com has a great article to help you learn the ins and outs for food tasting.

Rates for taste testers range from $12-$20/hour, but this ultimately depends on who you work with.

There are quite a few resources to look at:

A nifty tip to improve your scent memory is to smell fresh produce foods in stores. Your mind will learn to identify what you’re eating better this way.

4.9. Become a mystery shopper

Becoming a mystery shopper through BestMark

Becoming a mystery shopper through BestMark

This side hustle might be a bit trickier to get involved in initially, but once you get your first gig, you’ll be set for the stars!

As a mystery shopper, your goal is to stop in stores and restaurants, and then report on your experience. This will help listed companies to improve their customer experience.

Depending on the company, if you’ve made a purchase you can get reimbursed for the items you’ve bought, so you’ll be able to save some money too.

Some mystery shopper options include:

4.10. Do deliveries on Amazon Flex

Amazon Flex is a great platform to get you started with deliveries.

Not only do they offer you the freedom to work your own hours and to schedule your workweek, but rates are also $18-$25/hour (depending on location and speed of delivery), which is pretty good.

You will need to have your own means of transport though.

Once you’ve registered online, use the Flex app to find the packages for drop-off. Once you’ve scanned them in, the app will show you where to go.

A bonus feature is also your ability to monitor your earnings on the Flex app.

If you want more delivery opportunities, look below:

Phew! That concludes our extensive list.

With all these options available, where could you even get started?

Lucky for you — we have the answer.

5. Systeme.io: The solution to growing your side hustle

systeme.io logo

systeme.io logo

Some of the options we listed in this article might require you to create additional platforms to help rake in the cash, such as creating an online course or website.

Our solution for this is systeme.io.


Because as an all-in-one platform, systeme.io offers you absolutely everything you need to get your side hustle off the ground (except for adorable puppies. We humbly reserve that honor to Wag).

5.1. Systeme.io’s features

systeme.io’s comprehensive set of features

systeme.io’s comprehensive set of features

No matter what side hustle you jump into — we’ve got you covered.

Systeme.io offers you:

  • Website builder — Creating a platform to host your brand and content couldn’t be easier with our simple-to-use builder
  • Affiliate program management — Generate a passive income, and reward those who spread your products and services
  • Online course builder — No experience needed, and you can easily control your membership sites and your students' access
  • Blogging capabilities — Create and share converting content to get more followers behind you
  • Marketplace — Become a dropshipper or sell your own products on your website, blog, or on our built-in marketplace

And more!

On top of this all-encompassing list, each of our plans also come with these core features:

  • Unlimited emailing, file storage space, and membership site members
  • Zero transaction fees and no hidden costs when you use our Stripe or PayPal integrations
  • Deadline funnels for your limited-time offers
  • Expert online support, available 7 days a week, that will get back to you in under 2 hours

We mentioned our pricing plans, but what do they cost?

5.2. Systeme.io’s pricing plans

systeme.io’s pricing plans

systeme.io’s pricing plans

If your side hustle grows into a small business, let our forever Free plan help you — it requires no card details when you sign up.

This plan includes:

  • Up to 2,000 contacts for your emailing list
  • 3 sales funnels with 10 sales funnel steps
  • 1 blog and 1 membership site
  • 1 automation rule and 1 workflow
  • 1 tag and 1 email campaign
  • 1 one-click upsell and 1 order bump

And more!

Our pricing plans and their features scale as your business does, but we leave the scaling for when you’re ready to climb higher.

You can also choose to be billed monthly or yearly, with the latter saving you 30% if you pay upfront.

Our prices are as follows:

  • Startup plan ($27/month or $228/year) — Comes with 5,000 subscribers and more access to time-saving automation features
  • Webinar plan ($47/month or $396/year) — Comes with 10 evergreen webinars
  • Enterprise plan ($97/month or $828/year) — Comes with a 1-on-1 kickstart coaching session and free web-migration
  • Custom plan (for +15k contacts) — Can be billed up to $547/month for a maximum of 100,000 contacts

Turning your side hustle into a small business couldn’t be more affordable and easy!

6. Conclusion

Side hustles are a brilliant way to discover, learn, and hone in some new skills you might not have known you had.

On top of that, you’ll make some extra dough to help you pursue the things you love.

If you’d like to find more resources on side hustles, be sure to visit the Side Hustle School.

Effort, dedication, and commitment are the key factors you’ll need to practice to make your side business a success.

Remember, these aren’t “get-rich-quick” schemes.

You'll have to apply yourself and understand that like any business — this will take time before it sets off completely.

Don’t limit yourself. You really are capable of anything and everything you set your mind to.

If you do what makes you feel incredible, you'll be incredible at anything you do.

Why not let systeme.io help you reach this success for free?

All it’ll cost is a point and a click, right here!

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